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Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK April 2019

Mountain Biking UK has got all the latest news, kit and exclusive info on the newest and best bikes. The MBUK Wrecking Crew testing team are out there right now, riding new bikes and products to destruction, to give you expert reviews you can count on to be brutally honest. We live to ride - and that's what makes MBUK Britain’s best-selling bike magazine.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

Sure, we get to ride lots of fancy bikes, and a lucky few are whisked off to Italy to eat gelato and bask in the winter sun. But there’s also lots of testing in cold, wet British conditions Our annual Bike of the Year test is a massive undertaking, involving the whole MBUKteam and months of hard work. Sure, we get to ride lots of fancy bikes, and a lucky few are whisked off to Italy, where they can eat gelato and bask in the winter sun, in between runs. But there’s also lots of testing in cold, wet British conditions, and there are definitely times when we’d rather be relaxing indoors instead of trying to pin down the finer details of suspension performance as water drips from our helmet peaks.…

1 min.
welcome to the dark side

The world’s biggest MTB jumps – that’s what greets the select group of riders invited to darkFEST, the annual freeride jam held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. For 2019, hosts Sam Reynolds, Nico Vink and Clemens Kaudela spent three weeks building up the infamous jump line at the Hellsend Dirt Compound so it was bigger and steeper than ever. Unfortunately, Sam had to sit the riding out after breaking his arm while testing the new ‘rocket booster’ trick jump. Fellow Brit Brendan Fairclough was among the 15 riders taking part, and told us: “The first time you see the jumps, it’s spectacular. It takes a while to get your head around having a 90ft gap between the take-off and the landing!” Kaudela won the Dark King award for his effort and style, and…

1 min.
liquid style

Jasper Penton is an incredible rider to watch, but what’s really unbelievable is that the guy throwing his bike into an inconceivable shape before you has only been mountain biking for a few years. For the 21-year-old from Hampshire, it all happened by accident. After growing up riding motocross, a series of injuries and a stolen bike prompted him to try out MTBing at 18. “I had friends who rode, so I borrowed their bikes and gave it a go,” he explains. After getting his own bike, Jasper began riding at Wind Hill B1kepark (pictured), and it’s since become a home from home, where he’s honed his unique, flowing style. Whether carving take-offs or boosting transfers, Jasper’s bike never moves in a straight line. His riding is like a fusion of BMX…

1 min.
sting in the trail

As one of the world’s most iconic performance tyre manufacturers, it’s a bit of a surprise that Pirelli haven’t made mountain bike tyres before. After they launched a road bike tyre in 2017, it seemed almost inevitable that an MTB equivalent would follow. Enter the Scorpion MTB, Pirelli’s attempt to redefine how we think about mountain bike tyres. There’s no mud tyre or dry-conditions-only semi-slick in the four-strong range. Instead, the Italian company are asking buyers to forget about the weather and focus on the type of trails they’re going to be riding. Want to ride hardpack? There’s the Scorpion H. What about mixed terrain? The Scorpion M is the tyre for the job. If you’re riding soft terrain, consider the Scorpion S. Lastly, if you’re after a rear tyre then there’s…

1 min.
old mines, new lines

Antur Stiniog, in Snowdonia, is already one of the UK’s top uplift-accessed riding spots, but by this summer it’s going to be even better, with 4.5km of new trails planned. Work is about to start on the reshaping of the existing Drafft red trail, turning it into a new top-to-bottom jump line. This will be followed by the construction of three new descents – a mellow, green-graded flow trail that’ll increase the park’s appeal for beginners, plus two more natural, unsurfaced tracks. We’ve always loved the raw and rugged feel of the riding here, and the trails are set in such a unique location, overlooking old slate mines, that it can sometimes feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century. As soon as the new trails are open, we’ll be making…

1 min.
charging in chile

With its towering peaks, moonscape terrain and infamous ‘anti-grip’ dust, Chile ticks a lot of MTB boxes and, with the help of high-profile races like the Enduro World Series, it’s becoming a popular shredding destination. Some 120 riders from 19 countries came to this challenging landscape for the sixth Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico – a five-day enduro race from the heights of the Andes to the Pacific coast. Racers battled heat and altitude over 17 stages and 90km of timed runs, which saw them descend 13,000m to the finish line on the beach. The locals had cause to celebrate too, because for the first time in the event’s six-year history, Chilean riders swiped the gold medals across all categories. Pedro Burns fought hard to beat France’s Romain Paulhan and François Bailly-Maître,…